CHATHAM — Chatham Public Library, 11 Woodbridge Ave., Chatham, offers the following programs in January. The library will be closed Jan. 1 and Jan. 20. Call 518-392-3666 or visit for more information.

Programs for Adults

Chatham Roots, a monthly genealogy club, 2-5 p.m. Jan. 2. For beginners, experts and everyone in between. Work on those elusive ancestors, break down your brick walls, share tips and tricks, and just have fun. The group is led by Michelle LeClair, genealogy teacher and lecturer. For information, contact Michelle at or call 518-610-0826 (leave message). RSVP is appreciated, but not required.

1st Monday Book Discussion at 7 p.m. Jan. 6. January’s book is “Transcription” by Kate Atkinson, a dramatic story of WWII espionage, betrayal, and loyalty. Join an interesting discussion and pick up a copy of February’s book, “Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and Birth of the FBI” by David Grann.

Health Care Navigator 1-4 p.m. Jan. 9. Navigators assist individuals, families, small businesses and small business employees in Columbia and Greene counties with shopping for, comparing, and enrolling in quality affordable health insurance, including Medicaid and Child Health Plus, through New York State of Health: the Official Health Plan Marketplace. Navigators can also assist with applying for financial assistance to help pay for coverage. Navigator services are free of charge. For information, or to make an appointment, call 518-822-9600.

Tech Tutors 3:15-4:30 p.m. Jan. 9. Tech Tutors are high school students who provide adults with one-on-one help to learn basic computer skills or better use an eReader or smartphone. Basic instruction may include how to use a mouse, download an eBook, set up an email account, search the Internet, or navigate Facebook, Pinterest or Twitter. Bring your tablet, phone, reader, or other device with you. Visit or call the library to register for this program.

Authors & Artists Presents: Karen McGraw, President of Neighbors of Northern Columbia County at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 11. Karen McGraw, president of Neighbors of Northern Columbia County, will speak at the Chatham Public Library. She will discuss the mission of NNCC, which is to help people network within the county’s rural communities as they address issues of aging and those living alone. Senior citizens or those caring for elderly loved ones are urged to attend and learn about the benefits this group can share. Part of the “Authors and Artists” speakers series sponsored by the Friends of the Chatham Public Library, this free event is open to the public and will be followed by a question-and-answer session and reception with light refreshments.

American Politics and Community Today - a book discussion series at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 13. What does it mean to be an American in the 21st century? What does a model American do, and what responsibilities do Americans have to their communities and each other? How have the answers to these questions changed over the history of the United States? Participants in this reading and discussion program will engage with these questions and others regarding politics and the current state of civic thought, feeling and participation. The group will meet monthly through February to discuss selected novels, essays and writings by a range of authors, including Ralph Ellison, Hannah Arendt, Benjamin Kunkel and E.L. Doctorow. Facilitated by local poet and scholar Karen Schoemer, and sponsored by Humanities New York, this series is free and all texts will be available to borrow. Size is limited, contact the library to register.

Weekly Dream Circle, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Tuesdays starting Jan. 21. Embodied Dreamwork practitioner Louisa Heyward invites you to join her weekly Dreamers’ Circle. According to this practice, nightly you receive messages from your soul which, when understood, can bring you into a greater sense of connection, creativity and possibility. In the approach of Embodied Dreamwork, dreams are entered into through associative exploration and felt experience with the understanding that each dream derives meaning specific to the history and perspective of its particular dreamer. Enjoy the rare opportunity to share dreams in a facilitated group setting as well as learn techniques and tools to take home. Each week participants need to bring one or several dreams to work on (preferably written down), a notebook with paper to write or draw on, as well as a writing utensil. The group will explore dream moments through brief exercises involving writing or drawing, followed by facilitated group sharing. Group size is capped at 10 participants. Please contact Louisa Heyward at if interested in joining.

Ukulele Jam 10:30 a.m.-noon Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25. All ages are welcome to the library’s Ukulele Jams, led by Carmen Borgia. Are you a novice? The library has ukes you can borrow.

Mah Jongg 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Jan. 6, 8, 13, 15, 22, 27 and 29. Players meet downstairs, beginners are welcome.

Memoir Writing 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Jan. 7, 14, 21 and 28. Peer-led writing groups meet to provide comment and review on the process of memoir writing. New writers are welcome.

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